WALTHAM, Mass. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College men's basketball team cruised to an 86-63 victory over Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday to conclude the Bentley Tip-Off Classic.
Saint Anselm, holding national rankings of No. 12 (D2SIDA) and No. 21 (National Association of Basketball Coaches), improves to 2-0 overall while the Wildcats drop to 0-2 on the season. The Hawks welcome Saint Michael's to the Hilltop on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Five Hawks reached double-digit point totals, including juniors Alonzo Jackson (Medford, Mass.) and Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) who tied for the team lead with 17 points. Sophomore Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) and freshman Tyler Arbuckle (Bristol, Conn.) each logged 16 points with senior Danny Evans (Leeds, United Kingdom) reaching 11 points with a team-best nine rebounds.
Junior Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) reached 600 career points in the victory, scoring nine points. As a team, Saint Anselm held statistical edges in rebounds (45-to-25) and assists (28-to-9).
Ahead by a 12-10 score with just over five minutes elapsed in the game, Saint Anselm rattled off 10 consecutive points to create a 22-10 advantage with 11:22 to go in the opener. The Wildcats cut the Hawks lead to seven points late in the first half, but a trey from Arbuckle recreated a double-digit advantage with 1:39 to go.
Jackson had the half's final four points for Saint Anselm, throwing down a dunk with 36 ticks left and adding a fast break layup in the paint with time expiring. The Hawks finished the first half with five treys, shooting nearly 50% from the floor, while Wilmington was held to under 35% shooting from the floor. Saint Anselm controlled the paint in the opening 20 minutes, holding the 22-to-10 edge in paint points.
Wilmington cut the Saint Anselm lead to seven points, 44-37, but the Hawks used a seven-point scoring run followed by a 12-to-1 stretch later in the second half that led to a 22-point advantage with 4:28 left in regulation time.
The Wildcats were led by 19 points from Jermaine Head.